Last October Gabby Young and her band the Other Animals played a fantastically received album launch gig at Bush Hall, surrounding the sold out crowd with an array of art, craft & fashion stalls, as well as treating them to a full performance of the album. Most people who were there (myself included) will have wondered how they could possibily top it. To launch their new single ‘Ones That Got Away’ last night, the band managed to pull it off. An even bigger and more ambitious show, with more of the unique touches that made the last one so special.
As Christmas approaches, and I have yet to compile my ‘best of 2009’ lists (but I have until the end of the month for that, right?), I thought I’d point you in the direction of some free Christmas themed downloads. Just got a few to start things off but if you know of any more let me know and I’ll add them up here.
As well as my 2009 round-up I’ve got a few more gigs to review (David Ford & James Yorkston) so keep an eye out for those over the next few days (hopefully!).
So, on to the downloads…
Revere – Silent Night/The Escape Artist
If you know me or have read my reviews of them (here and here) you’ll know how much I love the band Revere. I’m massively excited about the release of their debut album ‘Hey! Selim’ next year, but in the meantime the good people at Maps Magazine have posted a free download of their festive cover ‘Silent Night’, which features the equally brilliant Gabby Young. Even more generously they have offered up previous single and album + live standout track ‘The Escape Artist’.
There’s a whole advent calendar worth of other free downloads too so go check them out!
Get Revere downloads here
Oh! Canada presents: Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada
Just spotted this one and not had a chance to listen yet. The Line Of Best Fit have teamed up with Oh! Canada to bring you a 25(!!) track compilation of Christmas tracks by some fantastic Canadian bands. Many are unknown to me, but with some of my live highlights of the year including The Acorn and Ohbijou on there this looks like it’s well worth a listen.
Get Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada here
Rounding off a successful 2009, Gabby Young & Other Animals took to the stage one last time at London’s Borderline. After building a great live reputation throughout the year, things really seem to have accelerated for Gabby during the last few months. The band’s debut album ‘We’re All In This Together’ was officially released last month (and launched with a triumphant sold out show at Bush Hall), but before that fans were given the opportunity to sign up to ‘become an animal‘, selecting from 3 different packages with different benefits (free gigs, merchandise, signed items, and even the chance to get involved in songwriting and band rehearsals), and receiving the finished album a month early. This innovative scheme has resulted in a lot of positive press (including a feature on Sky News), with stories focussing on emerging bands using new ways to generate interest and income outside of typical record deals.
I haven’t had an ‘average’ week for gigs in ages. It’s either been very quiet (like the last few weeks), or jam packed like this upcoming week. Throw in a work Xmas party on Thurs, it’s shaping up to be a crazy week, but at least it’s not long til the holidays!!
Modest Mouse – Shepherd’s Bush Empire (Mon 14th Dec)
I was quite late to the party in discovering Modest Mouse, and so aside from part of their set at Glastonbury a few years ago, this will be my first proper chance to see them live. With a fairly recent EP release (‘No One’s First And You’re Next’), and an appearance at this weekend’s ATP festival, they’re playing a short UK tour.
Very much looking forward to this one, I’m a big fan of the last 3 albums, and from what I’ve read I should check out the earlier ones too. I’m hoping for a good selection across the back catalogue, and will be very pleased if we get one of the longer tracks like ‘Spitting Venom’, ‘The Stars Are Projectors’ or the superb ‘The Whale Song’ from the new EP – check out the video below.